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Muncie, India(na)Middletown and Asian America$
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Himanee Gupta-Carlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041822

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041822.001.0001

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Fitting In

Fitting In

Muncie South Asians and Childhood

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Muncie, India(na)

Himanee Gupta-Carlson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the experiences of four South Asian women who grew up in Muncie, Indiana, in the 1960s and 1970s, and of the author’s relationship with them. It situates their experiences within the scholarship on race and ethnicity. Through auto-ethnography, it analyzes how a marking of foreign-ness upon the individual women’s bodies created a consciousness that served at varying times as a source of pride, of shame, protection, and/or confusion. It proposes re-imagining the American landscape as not browner and less Christian than in the past but rather as a space where racial, ethnic, and religious differences were always already embedded.

Keywords:   Muncie, Indiana, South Asian Americans, Indian Americans, intergenerational immigrant relationships, racial and religious discrimination, Indian immigration history, auto-ethnography

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